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MTC vs SCAL 2

PattyPatty Member Posts: 54
edited May 2010 in Resolved Issues
I am really wanting to buy one of these and I am leaning on buying MTC but can somebody clarify why I should buy MTC over SCAL? I think the only negative that I have heard about MTC is that it is slow, but I could be confusing that with something else. I just want to buy one and then start scrapping. I feel like I can't scrap until I have the software program. Also, so you know where I can purchase it with a paypal account?

Thanks,

Patty

Comments

  • nanajoynanajoy Member Posts: 828
    Patty, DS. is slow, but I have never had any trouble with MTC. I have both, and for the life of me, I haven't figured out how to use SCAL. I find MTC much easier.
    Joy S. Columbia, MO
  • jtrranchesjtrranches Member Posts: 2,631
    Well, the short answer is that it is much more user friendly for alot of people. Plus you can install MTC on all the computers that you own with just the one purchase. With SCAL2, you only get 2 installs and then have to purchase it again.

    Terina
    Terina Reynolds Always remember, "It's a good life if you don't weaken!" imageSeptember 11th, 2001 Anniversary Countdown Banner
  • agcsmomagcsmom Member Posts: 207
    Since you are on the MTC board I am going to guess most people would suggest MTC. I own both - I think MTC is easier to learn and SCAL has more capabilities (node editing, text on path etc.) There is a good side by side comparison here - http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=cleversomeday.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcleversomeday.files.wordpress.com%2F2010%2F03%2Fcricutsoftwarecompare0316.pdf&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fcleversomeday.wordpress.com%2Fpage%2F2%2F

    I think if Andy is able to continue his development of MTC and come out with future updates it could catch up and pass up SCAL.

    Good Luck with whatever you choose, you can't go wrong.
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Member Posts: 340
    I understand that you can get a temporary credit card number via PayPal to make credit card purchases from sites that do not accept PayPal. All payments are handled through iPortis, regardless of the Affiliate you use for the purchase.

    Make the Cut software is not slow at all. Cutting of intricate designs will be slower than cutting directly from cartridges.

    I have both MTC and SCAL2, and prefer MTC for most designing tasks.
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Member Posts: 14,967
    MTC hands up. I say this because I was in the SAME boat you are in , in february. I downloaded both trials. SCAL may have node featrue (which Andy is working on implementing inMTC so it won't be long I"m sure ) but you gotta figure out how to use the program first and that was a PAIN!!!!!!!

    also, MTC has a HUGE plus with me in the fact that it works with Cricut, Gazelle, Pazzle, Craft Robo, Roland cutters, and wishblade. Andy has ordered a new ecraft as well so that he can see about making it work with it. So, you aren't limited to JUST cricut with MTC. If you decide to buy a new machine chances are MTC will work with it.

    There are TONS of people around here that will hep you if you EVER need anything (I'm not saying SCAL won't please don't think that, i don't visit their forum so I do not know).

    The Webinairs and Videos are AMAZING for teaching you how to use the program.

    ALL updates, new versions, etc with MTC are FREE. So like where you have to pay to go from Scal 1 to Scal 2 etc you do not have to do that for MTC. Pay once and you are set for life on updates, upgrades, etc.LOL

    Andy and Ann are GREAT!!!!!!!
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/ Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Member Posts: 14,967
    Do you need a credit card to order from MTC home page? I never noticed just assumed they take paypal I guess.

    If not I'm sure if you email Andy he would arrange something with you. Maybe you could send in a money order or something OR if you know someone with a paypal account you could give them the money and they could order it for you?????

    Not sure on that one.LOL
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/ Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Member Posts: 340
    I just checked the payment options, and PayPal IS one of the options. In the window that says Credit Card, click on the down arrow to select other options.
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Member Posts: 14,967
    Julie,

    Correct me if I'm Wrong please, but I thought someone said in the last webinair that it was said the next update would include importing of PDF's and SCUT files? Is that true?
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/ Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Member Posts: 340
    Andy did say during the April Webinar that he has added the importing of PDF and SCUT files to Make The Cut. When he is finished with all the other new bells and whistles he has in store for the next update, he will be posting the new update for us to download. It is so exciting! Not many cutter software programs include the option to import PDF files, and none allow the import of SCUT files except Sure Cuts A Lot. I am really looking forward to that next update!
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Member Posts: 14,967
    That's what I thought.

    so, there is ANOTHER Plus.

    Seems like an easy decision to me.LOL
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/ Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • sandyjsandyj Member Posts: 821
    I am waiting for a few more improvements before I buy, and I already own SCAL. I would say if you are planning on designing IN the software, MTC is probably easier and more robust. If you plan on designing in inkscape/corel/ai, then SCAL is a better choice right now.

    I love SCAL, but there are little things about MTC that I really like, such as it shows you exactly what it is cutting AS it is cutting (very cool, I love that) and things I don't like about it, but most of the things I don't like are about how it imports the stuff I design in other programs.

    I also really like the webinars, very hands on. Makes it easier to learn than SCAL.
    Just MY opinion, your milage will vary. Like "Andy" but with an "S"
  • iggyloveriggylover Moderator Posts: 11,513
    Here's the link to the Comparison Chart by CleverSomeday:
    http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/cricut-software-comparison/

    Also, here's some more feedback on peoples' preferences:

    "General: Help! SCAL2 vs MTC"
    http://make-the-cut.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=117&page=1#Item_19

    "General: Make the Cut! VS Sure Cuts A Lot Which one is Better?"
    http://make-the-cut.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=1031

    Also read the testimonials found at the top of the forum.

    Of course, the only way for you to know for sure what YOUR best option is, is to download trials of BOTH programs and try them out...
    SCALs trial will only last for 1 week (or so), so be sure to test everything you want with that in that time period.

    Hope this helps,

    Jeanette
    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke Jeanette in Orange County, CA Love my Italian Greyhound --> I.G.--> iggy Own a Create: Krikee, getting used to a Black Cat Cougar: Bagheera
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